Paediatric Social Work - Chid and Family Program

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Paediatric Social Work - Chid and Family Program

Job Description

  • This position is in part of large dynamic multidisciplinary team which has holistic approach
  • Supervision by experienced Grade 3 social worker
  • The team has access to good internal grade 2 training with other grade 2's in the program

About Monash Health

Monash Health is Victoria’s largest public health service. We provide safe, high-quality care to one-quarter of Melbourne’s population, across the entire lifespan, from pre-birth to end-of-life. 

More than 18,000 of us work at over 40 care locations across south-east Melbourne, including seven hospitals and an extensive network of rehabilitation, aged care, community health and mental health facilities. Each year:

  • We provide more than 3.2 million episodes of care to our community,
  • Close to 260,000 people are admitted to our hospitals,
  • Close to 217,000 people receive care at our three emergency departments,
  • We respond to more than 64,000 ambulance arrivals,
  • We perform more than 48,000 surgical procedures, and
  • We deliver more than 10,000 babies.

We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to a fair, non-discriminatory workplace that maximises the talent, potential and contribution of all.

Monash Health Community

About Monash Health in the Community: Helping people live their best lives

As Monash Health in the Community, we actively engage with people to improve and maintain health, independence and well-being. We do this by coordinating and/or providing integrated, multidisciplinary care across multiple settings within the local community. Our aim is to help clients live their best lives by enabling them to access the support they need, when they need it. 

Working with clients across the age spectrum, Monash Health in the Community provides a continuum of care, supporting clients through all stages of non-acute care from prevention through to rehabilitation. 

  • We provide services to support clients in their homes, community based facilities and dedicated Monash Health Community hubs.
  • We provide quality care focused on the person in the context of their life;
  • We are interdisciplinary and innovative with a can-do attitude;
  • We view change and challenge as great opportunities.

Child and Family Program

The Child and Family Program including Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) is comprised of numerous disciplines that focus on assessment and  Child and Family focused care. The program consists of Counsellors, Occupational Therapists , Speech Pathologists, Dieticians, Podiatrists,Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologist , Community Development Workers and Family Support Workers.  The team is committed to working with communities, families and individuals who have poor health outcomes and to providing high quality, multidisciplinary programs which embrace  child and family centered practice, evidence based practice and the Social Model of Health.


The Social Work Service at Monash Health assists patients and families with psychosocial support and advocacy through assessment, counselling, information provision, access to community resources, and discharge planning.  Social Workers function as members of the multi-disciplinary team and have a pivotal role where social complexity exists. 

The Grade 2 Social Worker will be an experienced and skilled clinician with consolidated psychosocial assessment and planning skills and able to use evidence to inform practice. They will also provide supervision of clinical staff, and students and contribute to service development. There is an expectation that effective, high quality care to patients across the health service will be provided. 

Key result areas 

The position requires the incumbent to work enthusiastically and flexibly in line with the AASW practice and the Monash Health Credentialing and Scope of Practice standards. 

The incumbent will support Community Services to achieve targets, improve service efficiency, service coordination and the client experience. The incumbent will have an up-to-date knowledge of community health as well as an understanding of community health philosophy, programs and services. This includes a commitment to the social model of health and health promotion.

Further, the incumbent will, as a member of the Child and family Program, commit to providing high quality, Social Work, including assessment and treatment, to clients living in the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Shire of Cardinia. 

As would be expected of all employees, the incumbent will be seen to positively contribute to the functioning of the team, to support innovation and contribute to the ongoing development of the service. The incumbent will be committed to the successful realization of the Monash Health Community model of care as well as Monash Health goals and values.

The Social Worker has a key role in supporting the service at all times. 

The key service areas include:

  • assessment and planning; 
  • crisis intervention and solution focused interventions; 
  • referral to and liaison with community services,
  • active engagement with a range of internal and external key stakeholders and the multidisciplinary team 

The nature of this work requires a flexible approach and the ability to adapt to a broad range of working environments. 

The Social Work Service has a key role in assessment and management of: 

  • vulnerable clients including family violence, elder abuse and infants/children at risk
  • making applications to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal  where appropriate for clients with a disability 
  • comprehensive care planning and case co-ordination 
  • referral to, and liaison with a range of community services 
  • crisis intervention 

 The Child Health Role within program

  • Advocacy for access to a broad range of service, such as the NDIS and other community services/providers
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family violence identification and management/referral to specialist support 
  • Parenting support and information 
  • Linkage to services 
  • Assisting families to access services such as material aid and housing

Qualifications/ Registrations 

  • AASW accredited Bachelor Degree or entry level Master’s Degree of Social Work that provides eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. 
  • Written evidence of eligibility for AASW membership for overseas qualifications is required.
  • Minimum of two year’s experience as a qualified Social Worker 
  • Working with Children’s Check
  • Australian Driving Licence 
  • Current Police Check 
  • Accredited Social Workers: As approved by the AASW (desirable)

Other position requirements:

  • As we support a culture of safety through employee immunisation, there must be documentation provided confirming completed immunisation on employment at Monash Health
  • Current and satisfactory Police Check (must also comply with Aged Care Act 1997 Accountability Amendment Principles 2012 if working in Aged Care setting) 
  • Current and satisfactory Working with Children Check.
  • Applicants who are new to Monash Health will be required to enter into an Employment Agreement before commencement 
  • Applicants who are new to Monash Health must provide evidence of immunisation before they can receive an offer of employment

In addition, the role requires excellent administrative, IT, organizational and communication skills, the ability to work independently, a willingness to work across Community Services sites as well as in an outreach capacity and a commitment to improving the way health services are delivered for patients. This position will work across multiple sites as service requires and will work collaboratively with a broad range of clinical teams and key stakeholders, within and external to the program. 

What We Offer:

  • access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your clinical skills & knowledge base
  • mentorship & career guidance
  • support to attend relevant forums & conferences
  • a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies

In addition, you will have access to benefits including salary packaging to increase your take-home pay, and access to gym and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

How to Apply

Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity, and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.

Applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System only. Email applications will not be considered.

To view the full position description and to APPLY NOW, click here

Any queries, please contact: Samantha Challands, Program Manager, Tel: 0405357026

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